Three-Point Barrage Rains on BB Men
News Release Date:
Saturday, December 4
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Playing well enough to win wasn't quite enough as Whitman College fell victim to a barrage of 3-point bombs in a Northwest Conference men's basketball game with Lewis & Clark Saturday night in Portland, Ore.
Lewis & Clark, 5-1 on the season and 1-1 in the NWC, knocked down 16 three-pointers on the night, shot 59.3 percent from the floor in the second half and pulled away late for a 95-81 triumph.
Whitman, 2-4 and 0-2, led by as many six points in the first half, held a 48-46 edge at the break, made 51.6 percent of its field goal attempts and had six players score in double figures.
Jumpers by Ryan Gilkey and Brandon Shaw had the Missionaries in front 52-49 two minutes into the second half, but the home team seized the upper hand with a 12-2 spurt over the next three-plus minutes.
After Lewis & Clark stretched its lead to 10 points midway through the half, Jordan Dickson drilled a three and Drew Raher swished a pair of free throws to trim the Pioneer advantage to 71-66 with nine minutes remaining.
Lewis & Clark regained a 10-point cushion, but 3-point baskets from Justin Artis and Ignas Pavilonis followed by Shaw's layup got Whitman within four points at 78-74 with 6:10 still on the clock.
The Pioneers missed a three on their next possession, but Kyle Meeuwsen collected the offensive rebound and dunked. Two minutes later, Meeuwsen drained a 3-pointer to send Lewis & Clark back up by nine.
Whitman briefly closed to within seven points on Shaw's jumper with 3:21 left, but the Pioneers made eight free throws down the stretch to pull away.
Freshman Josh Duckworth, who paced Whitman's offense with 13 points, made five of eight shots from the floor, including both of his 3-point tries. Raher, five of eight from the floor, had 12 points.
Gilkey, a first-year sophomore, posted his first college double-double with 11 points (5-9 fg) and a game-high 11 rebounds. Artis, who made a trio of 3-pointers, also finished with 11 points.
Shaw had 10 points and three assists while Pavilonis contributed 10 points and six rebounds.
Senior guard Kelly Edwards had a big night for the Pioneers, hitting 12 of 15 of field goal attempts (5-7 3pt) en route to 31 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Lewis & Clark also got 19 points, seven assists and five rebounds from James Hollins, 15 points from Meeuwsen, 13 points and eight assists PJ Taylor, and 10 points and seven boards from Donato Perconti.
Whitman returns home next week to host a pair of non-conference games at George Ball Court in Sherwood Center.
The Missionaries entertain Walla Walla University at 8 p.m. Tuesday and then welcome Menlo College at 7 p.m. Friday.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; email@example.com